Keystone College is very fortunate to have its own small maple sugaring operation that includes a sugar shack with a hobby-sized evaporator, and of course a sugarbush, where we have approximately 275 taps deployed.
Maple Sugaring Time
Maple sugaring is truly one of natures greatest rewards. After long hard winters, the days begin to lengthen, the temperature rises above freezing during the day, and before you know it, it is maple sugaring time.
Sugaring is an industry that has a long tradition in the northeast U.S. and southern Canada, and relies heavily on the weather. The season usually begins around mid-February and ends sometime in March. For the sap to flow in the trees there must be a fluctuation in temperature with night-time temperatures below freezing and day-time temperatures above. If the temperature falls below freezing, the sap stops flowing, and if the temperature rises too much above freezing, the sap will also stop flowing, sometimes for the rest of the season.